Banyana coach looks to newcomers for Zambia clash

2011-01-14 09:13

Banyana Banyana coach Joseph Mkhonza has laid down the challenge to the newcomers in the South African women’s soccer team to prove they deserve their places when they face Zambia in an Olympic qualifier in Lusaka tomorrow.

Deprived through injury of the services of regular central defenders Amanda Sister and Janine van Wyk, captain and left back Nthabeleng Modiko, and midfielders Gabisele Hlumbane and Nocawe Skiti, Mkhonza is expected to give some of the new faces a run in the starting line-up against the Zambians.

Midfielder Robyn Moodley (16), who represented South Africa at the Under-17 Women’s World Cup in Trinidad and Tobago last year, could well be considered for a start.

Another midfielder, Mantombi Hadebe, is also expected to make her debut in the Olympic qualifier.

Sibongiseni Khamlana could get the nod to join the experienced Simphiwe Dludlu in the centre of the defence.

South Africa will host the Zambians in the return leg in Umlazi, near Durban, on January 29.

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